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Petersen to head research

James Petersen, interim vice provost for research, professor of chemical engineering and associate dean for research and graduate programs in the College of Engineering and Architecture, has been named the vice provost for research.”I am very pleased that Jim has agreed to serve as vice provost for research,” said Provost Robert Bates. “In a very short time, as interim vice provost, he has measurably advanced the research agenda for the university through strong support for research faculty, and the creation of new opportunities and development of a number of new programs that will support individual and collaborative research. His strong support for research, demonstrated success … » More …

Four candidates selected for vice provost of research

Four candidates have been selected from a field of applicants for the vice provost of research position. Finalists include:• Neil C. Olson, associate dean for research at North Carolina State University. Olson earned his bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree from University of Minnesota, and his Ph.D. in physiology from Michigan State University. Olson made his first on-campus appearance Jan. 18 – 19 for interviews and visitation. He gave his seminar and open presentation last Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Murrow 53 in Pullman, with live videostreaming.• Colin Guy Scanes, interim director of the Center for Designing Food to Improve Nutrition … » More …

Research symposium slated for Dec. 5

 PULLMAN, Wash. — First-year students enrolled in Washington State University’s nationally recognized Freshman Seminar Program will present their semester-long research projects from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, in Lighty Student Services Building, Room 260.The 26 research projects are on subjects ranging from John F. Kennedy to the connection between MTV and image. Student researchers will be on-hand to discuss their projects. The university president, V. Lane Rawlins, also will make an appearance.The Freshman Seminar Program is a two-credit course offered to first-year students designed to teach them how to learn, rather than just study, said Sharon Singleton, program coordinator for the Student … » More …

Small town jobs growing with research, matchmaking

When you live in Colville, Okanogan or even Pullman, Wash., good job opportunities can be few and far between. Oddly, at the same time, employers in urban areas often grumble about having too limited a pool of trained workers and high employee turnover.That’s just the nature of living in a small town or locating in an urban area. But it may not be that way much longer. WSU’s Telework Project is laying the groundwork to help merge and solve both of these problems. In short, when the state’s current limping economy snaps back to life, small rural communities that have worked with the Telework Project … » More …

Cancer-alcohol links investigated by faculty

It’s something of a puzzle. Scientists know that ethyl alcohol (the drinking kind) tends to suppress the spread of cancer yet worsen the patient’s overall condition.And Washington State University researchers have learned that alcohol administered to cancerous lab mice causes loss of body fat but not protein. Loss of both is a common experience of advanced cancer patients. Finding the “why” of these two phenomena is the current pursuit of Gary Meadows and former graduate student Nomelí Núñez and collaborator Patrick Carter, a WSU associate professor. They are getting help in funding from the NIAAA branch of the National Institute of Health. 25 years of … » More …